First Look: 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback –


Audi’s best-selling model in North America, the mid-size Q5 crossover, not only sees a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 model year, but also the addition of a new Sportback variant that will take on the likes of BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.Following the same path taken by Audi’s recent introduction of its E-tron Sportback and Q3 Sportback, the Q5 Sportback – which visually differs from the regular Q5 rear of the B-pillar – is characterized by its coupe-like roof “to the lines. dynamics is aimed at customers who appreciate not only expressive design and technical innovation, but also sporty character and high daily utility. Based on sales of other Sportback models, Audi estimates that up to a third of all sales of the Q5 will be the Sportback.

On the styling side, the Sportback displays the new design language of the Q5, starting with the slimmer and wider “Singleframe” grille, as well as taller side air intakes with sporty trapezoidal inserts. In profile, a clear shoulder line highlights the wheels. The greenhouse extends low over the body and tilts down from the rear window. At 4.69 meters long, the Sportback is seven millimeters longer than the Q5. The height and width are the same and its drag coefficient is less than 0.30.

Audi hasn’t released many details on the North American editions of the Sportback. However, based on the information we know about the 2021 updates to the Q5, that goes for a lot for the Sportback.

All Q5s see a 13-horsepower increase from the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, along with a 12-volt mild hybrid electric system. Total power is now 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The available plug-in hybrid version is also fitted with the 2.0L engine mated to an electric motor placed between the engine and transmission, producing a combined total system power of 362 hp and 369 lb-ft. couple. In both cases, the four-cylinder is linked to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive.

Audi also says it will build an SQ5 Sportback – the top-performing model retaining the standard SQ5’s 3.0L turbocharged V6 that produces 349 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. couple. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

While the Sportback comes standard with conventional steel suspension, there will be an optional setup with controlled shocks, as well as the popular Adaptive Air Suspension, which adjusts ride height over a range of 60 millimeters. Ground clearance can be increased up to 45mm in off-road driving, and at highway speeds the body is automatically lowered by 15mm for greater efficiency and better handling thanks to the lower center of gravity. Another feature of the air suspension is the possibility of lowering the rear axle by 55 mm, which makes it easier to load the cargo area.

The luggage compartment has a volume of 510 liters (18.0 cubic feet) With the rear seats folded down and loaded on the roof, this increases to 1,480 liters. There is an optional ‘plus’ rear seat, which can be moved sideways and has adjustable backrest angles. It can slide forward to increase loading capacity up to 60 liters.

Inside, the Sportback uses the same new technology found in the updated Q5, namely Audi’s third-generation MIB3 infotainment system. When fully equipped, the plus screen-based virtual cockpit with 12.3 inch screen and head-up display are also on board. The multifunction steering wheel plus allows safe use of most functions and displays. The MMI navigation plus infotainment system is combined with a 10.1-inch touchscreen with a customizable home screen; natural language voice control can be activated by pushing a button on the steering wheel or by saying “Hey Audi”.

The Q5 Sportback will be available in the first half of 2021. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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